More than 200 representatives from Germany and France gathered this past week to mark the completion of the 148-MW Rheinkraftwerk Iffezheim hydropower plant.
The project -- located on Germany/France border along the Rhine River -- was actually completed in July, though owners Energie Baden-Wurttemberg AG's (EnBW) and Electricite de France (EDF) decided to delay celebrating the inauguration of its fifth and final Kaplan bulb turbine turbine.
"With the fifth machine in the Iffezheim run-of-river power plant, the project partners have sent out an important signal in the expansion of renewable energies in Baden-Wurttemberg and made a huge contribution to climate protection and securing the supply at a high technological level," EnBW CEO Frank Mastiaux said. "The project shows how economy and ecology can successfully and profitably go hand in hand."
The project saw the replacement of existing machinery while the plant was still operating. Andritz was awarded a contract to supply the new equipment in 2009.
"The power plant is a German/French project of European relevance," European Union commissioner Gunther H. Oettinger said. "Hydropower which is capable of covering the base load is becoming increasingly important. It is flexible, which makes it an ideal partner for securing a cross-border supply to European member states."
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